Mike Fisher made Daniel Alfredsson look great last night.
With Alfredsson's scraggly blond hair hanging out like an overgrown fern, that's not an easy task.
Fisher scored in double overtime, guaranteeing the Ottawa Senators will make one final visit to the Air Canada Centre tomorrow night for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final. Following a poor performance by his team in Game 5, Alfredsson predicted a win in Game 6 and another in Game 7.
"We still haven't won anything," said Alfredsson. "We just gave ourselves a chance to go to Toronto, which is what we wanted.
"I believe in the team. (But) it is not going to be easy. We have won only one of three games in Toronto so far (in the series) and we need to play our best to win."
Fisher got the winner after some excellent spade work by Antoine Vermette, who refused to be contained by Leafs defenceman Aki Berg behind the Toronto net. Vermette passed off to Fisher, who snuck in behind Bryan Marchment, and chipped the puck behind Ed Belfour.
Much of the talk in the nation's capital since the Sens were blanked 2-0 in Toronto on Friday centred around the perceived lack of heart in the Ottawa dressing room. Fisher acknowledged his team had to make a statement with a win last night.
"We had a lot to prove," Fisher, a Peterborough native, said. "We wanted to prove to ourselves and to a lot of people we are not going to give up. There was a lot of questioning."
The Senators don't expect to walk into the Air Canada Centre tomorrow and simply pluck a win from the Leafs. But they know they were the better team again last night, and it's a comforting mindset heading into the deciding game of the series.
"We thought we controlled most the game (last night)," Fisher said. "We were wearing them down. It was one of the biggest goals I've scored, but it doesn't matter who got it. We're alive and Game 7 is going to be fun."
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TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun
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